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Iran criticises US support for Israel nuclear program

Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Majid Takht Ravanchi on June 24, 2019 in New York City [Spencer Platt/Getty Images]
Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Majid Takht Ravanchi on June 24, 2019 in New York City [Spencer Platt/Getty Images]

Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, criticised the United States' support for the Israeli nuclear programme, saying it "makes it impossible to achieve a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction."

Speaking during the Second Session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction, which kicked off on Monday, the Iranian diplomat explained that the first step to getting rid of weapons of mass destruction is to include Israel in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear member, and for it to accept inspections of its nuclear activities.

He added that the treaty should cover nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and pending its conclusion, the necessary security guarantees should be given.

The Iranian diplomat stressed that Tehran's nuclear programme is "peaceful" unlike Israel's.

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